At a recent party to toast the one-year anniversary of MSNBC’s 6 p.m. hour, one of the news net’s on-air personalities offered up a confession. “I don’t know if I would have brought Al Sharpton on to do a show!” he told the assembled guests.
Aaron Sorkin’s back with another shot at television with the premiere of HBO’s latest, The Newsroom, last night. Like his ‘Sports Night‘ and ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip‘ before it, the show takes place in TV. Unlike those shows, they can say “fuck” on this one. Starring Jeff Daniels as the Olbermann-esque Will McEvoy, ‘The Newsroom‘ opens up by indicting America, and specifically, American media, and dares to answer the question: What would greatness in news look like in 2012?
Last night, he gave us an hour’s worth of answers. This morning, some editors of the Observer gathered to talk about how he managed the task.
“THIS IS NOT SOME OPINION! This is a mathematical fact!”
In a now-infamous Aug. 9, 2011, taping, a cable news host has just boiled over at his assembled panel of guests. He’s yelling, at full volume. “I’ve been coming on TV for three years doing this,” he bellows, exasperated. “And the fact of Read More
Tamika Mallory, the 31-year-old executive director of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, has some words of warning for African-American reporters. On Friday, Mallory wrote a column titled “Time For Black Journalists To Stop Criticizing Rev. Sharpton.”
Mallory’s column, which was published on NewsOne.com and linked on National Action Network’s web site, Read More
In the aftermath of Keith Olbermann’s suspension for making undisclosed campaign contributions to Democrats, supporters of the MSNBC host pointed to NewsCorp.’s million dollar donation to the Republican Governors Association.
Of course, that’s not the only way Murdoch has helped to fund the conservative movement. Fox News is home Read More
Veteran Newsman Ted Koppel is not pleased with Fox News and MSNBC.
The former ABC anchor and current “BBC World News America” contributor expressed his displeasure with the current state of cable news in an editorial that will appear in Sunday’s Washington Post.
“We live now in a cable news universe that celebrates Read More
Rachel Maddow devoted Thursday night’s entire episode of her MSNBC show to an interview with Jon Stewart. The “Daily Show” host addressed criticism of his recent D.C. rally and outlined his issues with MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News.
The Oct. 30 “Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear” on the National Mall was attended Read More
A series of insane emails that purportedly came from Keith Olbermann were actually the work of Tucker Carlson’s Conservative news site, The Daily Caller.
The fake correspondence was published on the Philadelphia gossip site Phawker.com, which has since published a correction. The email exchange began when Philadelphia Daily News reporter Stu Read More
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Keith Olbermann released a written statement Monday night following his suspension for making undisclosed campaign contributions to three Democrats, but anyone who was expecting contrition from MSNBC’s “Countdown” host was sorely disappointed.
Olbermann, who returns to primetime tonight, did apologize “for having precipitated such anxiety and unnecessary drama,” but his only Read More
Keith Olbermann’s suspension from MSNBC will end Tuesday. MSNBC President announced the decision Sunday night.
“After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night’s program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday Read More